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Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951–1979

Authors: Wang, Z.

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A comprehensive history of how the conflicts and balances of power in the Maoist revolutionary campaigns from 1951 to 1979 complicated and diversified the meanings of films, this book offers a discursive study of the development of early PRC cinema.

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Zhuoyi Wang is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Hamilton College, USA.

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"Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema provides a detailed, insightful, and vivid guide to the Maoist period. Looking at the conception, production, distribution, and reception of movies from 1949 to 1976, Wang fleshes out Chinese film culture in troubled times. Examining both material circumstances and ideological debates, he shows in fine detail how filmmakers operated, what facilitated their work, and which obstacles they faced. This book is indispensable reading for those interested in the interaction between film and politics and in the power of culture in times of adversity." - Yomi Braester, University of Washington, USA

"A meticulous analysis of micro-level maneuvering by bureaucrats, artists, and critics, Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema demonstrates that Chinese socialist revolution was never a unilinear teleological progression but rather a rapid succession of cycles marked by disruptions and assumptions of order with consequences oftentimes beyond anybody's anticipation and control. Wang is commended for probing beneath the deceptive surface of revolutionary rhetoric and revealing quandaries and ruptures that repeatedly compromised revolutionary and artistic goals. " - Yingjin Zhang, Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego, USA and author of Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China (2010).

"This concise and incisive book makes an important intervention into the study of Chinese film history. . . Rather than focusing on the films alone or the policies and production practices that shape them, Wang draws on Rick Altman's insights about film genres to emphasize what he calls a 'user-centred' approach. He examines how different social and political groups use films for their own purposes, and how this shapes both their production and reception. The result is not only a livelier and more engaging picture of

Chinese revolutionary era film history but also a model for conducting this new kind of film history. . . [It] is exemplary and merits wide attention." - Viewfinder

"Wang is to be commended for making a daring move into uncharted territory and providing a much-needed comprehensive history of Chinese cinema during the Mao era. He has made an important intervention and expanded our vocabulary in discussing the production, distribution, and reception of films that are different from and yet similar to those produced in a capitalist system." - Modern Chinese Literature and Culture


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Understanding Revolutionary Culture and Cinema

    Wang, Zhuoyi

    Pages 1-23

  • From

    Wang, Zhuoyi

    Pages 25-43

  • From Revolutionary Canon to Bourgeois White Flag:

    Wang, Zhuoyi

    Pages 45-66

  • From “a Hundred Flowers” to “a Poisonous Weed”: Dangerous Opportunities for Satirical Comedies, 1955–1958

    Wang, Zhuoyi

    Pages 67-92

  • From Revolutionary Romanticism to Petty Bourgeois Fanaticism: The Great Leap Forward and Filmmakers’ Stylistic Return to the Past, 1958–1960

    Wang, Zhuoyi

    Pages 93-123

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951–1979
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Zhuoyi Wang
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37874-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137378743
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37873-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47847-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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